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Hot Wheels: NICB's Top Stolen Cars for 2010—Slideshow

NU Online News Service, Aug. 2, 10:46 a.m. EST

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released Hot Wheelsits list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States.

The annual report examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model, and model year most reported stolen in 2010. 

Overall, the NICB says vehicle thefts continue to decline. It cites preliminary 2010 FBI crime statistics that indicate a 7.2 percent reduction over the thefts posted in 2009.

Should the preliminary numbers hold when the FBI produces its final statistics later this year, 2010 will post the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967.

The NICB says improved theft-deterrent technology is one of the keys to the lower theft rates, and a possible explanation for why older cars seem to always top the list.

Below and on the following pages are the top 10 cars stolen in 2010, beginning with number one. Click here to see the NICB's full Hot Wheels report, which also offers a state-by-state breakdown of top stolen cars.

Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

Nationally, the 1994 Honda Accord was 2010’s most stolen car, according to data collected by the NICB. Of the nearly 52,000 Honda Accords stolen in 2010, over 44,000 were models made in the 1990s, compared with fewer than 5,700 that were produced since the year 2000.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

NICB data shows another Honda product, the 1995 Honda Civic, was the second most-stolen car in 2010. The top two positions continue to be held by Honda, a trend that has been consistent since 2000. Overall, the NICB says vehicle thefts are continuing to decline, though.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

The 1991 Toyota Camry ranks third on the NICB’s list of most stolen cars. Certain models of older cars and trucks are popular with thieves because of the value of their parts—but many are not insured against theft. 

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

The first American vehicle to show up on the NICB’s most stolen-car list is the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup (Full Size). As you will see further in the list, nationally—and for the first time since 2002—thieves preferred to steal domestic makes over foreign brands in 2010.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

The 1997 Ford F150 Series/Pickup is the next American-made car to show up on the NICB’s list. Should preliminary numbers hold when the FBI produces its final statistics later this year, 2010 will post the fewest vehicle thefts since 1967.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

The sixth most stolen car last year was the 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup. Overall, the NICB says preliminary 2010 FBI crime statistics point to a 7.2 percent reduction over the thefts posted in 2009.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

The 2000 Dodge Caravan registered at number seven on the NICB’s national list of most-stolen vehicles (much to the dismay of the puppy in this window that is stuck without a cracked window). Wondering which vehicles are most stolen in your state? Go to www.nicb.org to review their state-by-state lists.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

The 1994 Acura Integra made the NICB’s list this year, coming in at number eight. This model also ranked eigth in the NICB's Hot Wheels report last year.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

Coming in as the ninth most-stolen car in 2010 was the 2002 Ford Explorer, which also ranked ninth in last year's Hot Wheels report.

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars 2011

Last but not least, the NICB says the 1999 Ford Taurus was the 10th most stolen car in 2010, proving once and for all that car thieves not only make bad decisions, but also have bad taste in cars, too.

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